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July 21, 2005

full moon: perigean schmerigean

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 5:48 pm


I’m not sure Kobayashi Issa would be very impressed to know that

tonight’s full moon comes during the month’s lunar perigee — when it

is nearest the earth in its orbit.  (He’d certainly smile tolerantly, if told

by an avid scientist that the moon appears 30% brighter from earth at

perigee than at apogee.)


full moon  Perigean or not, tonight’s particularly brilliant full moon

will surely inspire haiku around the world.   Here are some of my

favorite summer moon haiku from Master Issa:


her child tucked in
she washes his clothes…
summer moon




under a full moon
yet still not cool…
the straw mat





spotting three shoots
of new bamboo…
the moonlit night


full moon neg




crossing the river
taking a leak…
summer moon



moon on the sea–
he’s under his fan






big rain
big moon
cicada in the pine


in soup kettle
and outhouse
the summer moon


katydid –  from The Haiku of Kobayashi Issa, where you’ll find 5000 more Issa haiku

online and searchable, translated by David G. Lanoue


– We just added four summer moon haiku to the Tea Party with Issa in our SideBar.


  • by dagosan                                               


the moon

closer than you



[July 21 2005]  


p.s. You can click here to see what the moon looks like each day. 



                                        –  Moon/schmoon: Prof Yabut’s thinking about snow buddhas “SnowBuddhaChadGS” 





  1. dave,
    one senryu from yesterday. also, in our corespondence, i don’t recall telling
    you that issa is my favorite too.

    senior discount day
    an eighty year old man
    packs my groceries

    Comment by ed markowski — July 21, 2005 @ 8:58 pm

  2. We aim to please (within reason), so I’m glad to hear you’re an Issa-ite, Ed. Should have known, given your good taste.

    Your “senior discount day” senryu made me smile. It also reminded me of a sign I saw at the appliance store where I bought my refrigerator last month. They also move households locally, and the sign said: “Movers – $45 per hour for a truck with 2 men. $40/hr. for Seniors.” My question to the clerk: “Are two guys over 60 worth $40 an hour?”

    Comment by David Giacalone — July 21, 2005 @ 11:01 pm

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